China: assaults condemned by Rome

Source: FSSPX News


On November 30, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, spokesman for the Vatican, declared: “The press agencies have referred recently to two awkward events having occurred to the detriment of the Franciscan Sisters at Xian and six priests in the diocese of Zhengding.” It concerns “information which we are not in a position to verify, but which gives rise to pain and disapproval.” “The violence  used at Xian against several defenseless nuns, can not not be strongly condemned,”, added Joaquin Navarro-Valls. “Furthermore, the detention of six priests from Zhengding is a cause for grave concern,” maintained the director of the press office of the Holy See, which admits to being totally unaware of the reasons for these coercive measures.

 The Catholic press agency Asia News reported that about fifteen nuns of the Sacred Heart in the diocese of Xian, in central China, had been “violently attacked” by a gang of hooligans for having opposed the demolition of their school, on November 23. “The government of the city of Xian has declared itself ready to pay the sisters 3000 yuan (around 300 euros) to conclude the affair,” wrote the agency, specifying that “the municipal government had suggested to the bishop that he buy the grounds of the school for 6.5 million yuan (about 650,000 euros), even if the school already belongs to the diocese.”

 Asia News also reported that the police of the province of Hebei had arrested six Catholic priests of the diocese of Zhengding, on November 18. Two 50 year old priests had been brutally arrested and then released, while the four others are still detained. Several days earlier the Chinese authorities had arrested 10 seminarians and a priest from the same province. Hebei province is the region in China with the largest number of Catholics – more that 1.5 million – the majority of whom are faithful to the Church known as “underground Church”.